The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will host the second concert of the 2018-2019 Chamber Music Season with an afternoon of Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, and Tchaikovsky. The trio features pianist Phillip Bush; Calin Lupanu, violin; and Theodore Harvey, cello. A catered reception will follow the concert in the Bassett Gallery, which is currently showing Random & Recurring by Catherine Coulter Lloyd and Sam Compton. Enjoy a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres by The Catery on Broad. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. this Sunday, in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are available by calling (803) 425-7676 or going online to www.fineartscenter.org. The concert is sponsored by BlueCrossBlueShield of South Carolina and Van Horn Insurance Agency. Tickets are $30 for adults in advance and $35 on the day of the concert. Student tickets are only $15.
About Chamber Music Southeast
Chamber Music Southeast (CMSE) is a performing collective founded in 2016, pooling the talents of the many outstanding chamber music concert artists that are based in the two Carolinas and Georgia. With a flexible roster of musicians, many of whom hold faculty positions at prestigious conservatories and universities throughout these states, CMSE seeks to present varied chamber music programs to audiences in the region at venues of all types.
About the Musicians
Born in Timisoara, Romania, violinist Calin Ovidiu Lupanu is the concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony. Mr. Lupanu completed his undergraduate studies at the Music Academy in Bucharest, where he served as concertmaster of the conservatory’s Chamber Orchestra. During his summers as a student, Mr. Lupanu performed in festival orchestras in Lanciano, Italy, as assistant concertmaster, and the Young Soloists Orchestra “Fiori Rari” in Lugano, Switzerland, as concertmaster. Upon graduation, Mr. Lupanu was appointed violin professor at the Music Academy.
While in Bucharest, Lupanu joined the newly formed Lipatti String Quartet as first violin, continuing in that capacity for 10 years. In 1995, the quartet was named Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM), where Lupanu earned a performance certificate in Chamber Music, studying with Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, and the members of the Fine Arts String Quartet. During its studies at UWM, the quartet was featured as Ensemble-in-Residence with the Pabst Theater. Prize winners at the London International String Quartet Competition, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Dmitri Shostakovich Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Lipatti Quartet was invited by the Dmitri Shostakovich Foundation to participate in the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the composer’s birth with a performance at the Opera Comique in Paris, France. In 1997, the Quartet became Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Illinois University, working with the renowned Vermeer Quartet. While there, Lupanu completed his master’s degree and earned the soloist’s performance certificate, studying with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke. The Lipatti Quartet toured extensively in the USA, Germany, Great Britain, France, and Romania.
Lupanu’s awards as a soloist include the first prizes of the International Violin Competition in Stresa, Italy, and the National Violin Competition in Suceava, Romania. Prior to winning the national audition for the Charlotte Symphony position, Lupanu served as assistant concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic, principal player in the Alabama Symphony, and concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony. In addition to his season-long responsibilities in Charlotte, Lupanu maintains a busy summer schedule, participating in such festivals as Bach and Beyond, Aspen, Lower Saxony, Strings in the Mountains, and the Colorado Music Festival, the latter of which he has served as concertmaster since 2004 and chamber music coordinator since 2014.
Mr. Lupanu is currently on the faculty of Gardner-Webb University and served as lecturer in strings at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He plays a violin made by Pierre Silvestre in Lyon, France in 1857.
Theodore Harvey, cellist with the Dallas Symphony since September 2008, has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member throughout North America, South America and Europe. He has been a soloist with the New World Symphony, the (Bloomington, Ind.) Camerata Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As assistant principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony from 2004 to 2008, he frequently performed major orchestral solos and was also active as a chamber musician and as an organist in local churches. In February 2006, Mr. Harvey, with pianist Paul Nitsch, gave the world premiere of his own Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, which was subsequently featured on the Charlotte area’s classical radio station, WDAV. He performed the Walton concerto with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra (of which he had been a member from 1987 to 1996) in Indianapolis in November 2012. Mr. Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University School of Music, from which he graduated with highest distinction in 2000, having studied with Janos Starker and Helga Winold. Following his senior recital, he received the Indiana University performer’s certificate. He completed graduate studies with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Harvey was a fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla. Summer festivals in which Mr. Harvey has participated include Aspen, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto USA, Tanglewood, Verbier, Music in the Mountains, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (Toronto), International Baroque Institute at Longy and Britt. In May/June 2013, he toured Brazil with the Baroque ensemble Fantasmi, performing in São Paulo and Belém. In August 2013, he taught cello for a week at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, where his brother, William, taught violin from 2010 to 2014, and performed a concert there of both Afghan and European music. In Dallas, Mr. Harvey sang for nine years in the choir of the Church of the Incarnation and twice toured England with the choir, singing at Lichfield and Canterbury cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel (Windsor Castle). An avid student of the history of Europe and its royal families, in his spare time he maintains the website www.royaltymonarchy.com. In October 2017, Mr. Harvey was invested as an honorary knight of the Royal House of Portugal by HRH the Duke of Braganza.
Acclaimed as “a pianist of poetry, elegance, and power” (American Record Guide), “a pianist of exceptional, cherishable finesse” (Los Angeles Times), and “one of those rare pianists who combine structural intelligence with a hundred color gradations” (Village Voice), Phillip Bush has established a performing career over the past three decades that is noted for its remarkable versatility and eclecticism, with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. Since the launch of his career upon winning the American Pianists Association Fellowship Award and subsequent New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1984, Mr. Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. His Carnegie Hall concerto debut with Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta was hailed by the New York Times for its “impressive last-minute heroics,” as he substituted for an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. Mr. Bush has also appeared as soloist with the Osaka Century Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony and a number of other orchestras, in repertoire ranging from the Beethoven concerti to the American premiere of Michael Nyman’s Concerto for Harpsichord.
Mr. Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, appeared innumerable times on Brooklyn’s Bargemusic series, and has performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Sitka Music Festival (Alaska), St. Bart’s Music Festival, Music at Blair Atholl (Scotland), Cape May Music Festival, and at many other festivals. He has collaborated in recital and chamber music with concertmasters and principal players of many of the world’s great orchestras, including Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, and Houston. Mr. Bush has also made guest appearances with the Kronos, Miami, Parker, Jupiter, Lutoslawski, and Carpe Diem string quartets, and has performed with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion and St. Lawrence quartets. Over a ten-year period, Mr. Bush performed more than 250 concerts in Japan with the piano quartet Typhoon, including several sold-out performances at Osaka Symphony Hall and Tokyo’s Bunkamura Orchard Hall. He recorded five CD’s with the group for Epic/Sony, all of which reached the top of the Japanese classical charts. From 2007 to 2015, he served as artistic director of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont. A devoted advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush performed worldwide for 20 years with both the Philip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich and Musicians, in venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Acropolis in Athens. Mr. Bush’s efforts on behalf of contemporary music have earned him grants and awards from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund, ASCAP, Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts. His discography as soloist and chamber musician has now reached more than 45 recordings on labels such as Sony, Virgin Classics, Koch International, ASV, New World Records, Denon, Cedille, and many others.
Mr. Bush is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Bush taught piano and chamber music at the University of Michigan, and he has also served as Visiting Faculty at the University of North Carolina. Since 2012, Mr. Bush has been a member of the piano and chamber music faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
For more information call (803) 425-7676, visit the FAC office at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden, or visit its website at www.fineartscenter.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.